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Latest Sightings:

Birds at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

February 12, 2020

A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A blue jay at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A blue jay at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A white-breasted nuthatch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A white-breasted nuthatch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed black-capped chickadees, a blue jay, a red-winged blackbird, and a white-breasted nuthatch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Birds at Hager Pond in Marlborough

February 12, 2020

A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a mallard, Canada geese, and a mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Common mergansers in Southborough

February 12, 2020

Common mergansers on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Common mergansers on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Common mergansers on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Common mergansers on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these common mergansers on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

Downy Woodpecker in Lincoln

February 12, 2020

A downy woodpecker in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A downy woodpecker in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this downy woodpecker in Lincoln.

Gray Squirrel in Wayland

February 11, 2020

Lise Boh recorded this video of a gray squirrel in Wayland.

Chickadee and Mockingbird in Bolton

February 8, 2020

A black-capped chickadee at Bolton Flats in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A black-capped chickadee at Bolton Flats in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A northern mockingbird at Bolton Flats in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A northern mockingbird at Bolton Flats in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.

Jon Turner photographed a black-capped chickadee and a northern mockingbird at Bolton Flats in Bolton.

Fisher in Bolton

February 8, 2020

Jon Turner used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to record this video of a fisher in Bolton.

Chickadee and Blue Jay in Southborough

February 5, 2020

A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A blue jay at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A blue jay at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a black-capped chickadee and a blue jay at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Common mergansers in Southborough

February 5, 2020

Common mergansers on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Common mergansers on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Common mergansers on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Common mergansers on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these common mergansers at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

Feeder Birds in Framingham

February 5, 2020

An American goldfinch in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
An American goldfinch in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
An American goldfinch in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
An American goldfinch in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A downy woodpecker in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A downy woodpecker in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A downy woodpecker in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A downy woodpecker in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A white-breasted nuthatch in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A white-breasted nuthatch in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed an American goldfinch, a downy woodpecker, and a white-breasted nuthatch in Framingham.

Hooded Merganser and Mute Swans in Wayland

February 5, 2020

A hooded merganser and mute swans at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A hooded merganser and mute swans at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A mute swan at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A mute swan at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed a hooded merganser and mute swans on Heard Pond in Wayland.

Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough

February 5, 2020

A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

White-tailed Deer in Framingham

February 2, 2020

A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this white-tailed deer in Framingham.

Red-tailed Hawk in Southborough

January 30, 2020

A leucistic red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Rebecca Watters.
A leucistic red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Rebecca Watters.
A leucistic red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Rebecca Watters.
A leucistic red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Rebecca Watters.
A leucistic red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Rebecca Watters.
A leucistic red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Rebecca Watters.

Rebecca Watters photographed this leucistic red-tailed hawk near the Sudbury River on Wood St in Southborough. Learn more about this variation in coloring at Cornell's Project Feeder Watch site.

Beaver in Marlborough

January 29, 2020

Lisa Morris recorded this video of a beaver at Fort Meadow Lake in Marlborough.

Beaver Signs in Sudbury

January 29, 2020

Signs of beavers at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Alice Howe.
Signs of beavers at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Alice Howe.

Alice Howe photographed a chewed tree with a beaver lodge in the background at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury.

Birds at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

January 29, 2020

A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern mockingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern mockingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a black-capped chickadee, a northern mockingbird, and a song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Fisher in Bolton

January 29, 2020

Jon Turner used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to record this video of a fisher in Bolton.

White-tailed Deer at SVT's Memorial Forest

January 29, 2020

A white-tailed deer at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Craig Smith.
A white-tailed deer at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Craig Smith.

Craig Smith used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph this white-tailed deer at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury.

Birds at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

January 28, 2020

A dark-eyed junco at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A dark-eyed junco at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
European starlings at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
European starlings at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a dark-eyed junco, European starlings, and a red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Birds at Hager Pond in Marlborough

January 28, 2020

Hooded mergansers at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Hooded mergansers at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Hooded mergansers at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Hooded mergansers at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ring-billed gulls at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ring-billed gulls at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed hooded mergansers, a mallard, and ring-billed gulls at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Beaver in Bolton

January 27, 2020

Jon Turner used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to record this beaver in Bolton.

Great Blue Heron on the Sudbury River in Framingham

January 27, 2020

A great blue heron on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Tom Schneider.
A great blue heron on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Tom Schneider.

Tom Schneider photographed this great blue heron on the Sudbury River in Framingham.

White-breasted nuthatch in Wayland

January 27, 2020

Lise Boh recorded this video of feeder birds, including a white-breasted nuthatch, in Wayland.

Great Blue Heron in Framingham

January 26, 2020

A great blue heron on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Tom Schneider.
A great blue heron on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Tom Schneider.
A great blue heron on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Tom Schneider.
A great blue heron on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Tom Schneider.
A great blue heron on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Tom Schneider.
A great blue heron on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Tom Schneider.
A great blue heron on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Tom Schneider.
A great blue heron on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Tom Schneider.

Tom Schneider photographed this great blue heron on the Sudbury River in Framingham.